Vayeishev – Settle Down and Settle In

The first words of this week’s Parsha, VaYeishev Yaakov, “and Yaakov settled in”, suggests a period of tranquility – a settling in after years of upheaval in his life. Yet these opening words belie the most tumultuous period in his life when the antipathy between his favorite son, Yosef, and his brothers, escalates into full blown episodes of attempted murder, slave trade, and obfuscation hiding Yosef’s supposed demise from his father Jacob. Not exactly a settled life.